Internalised discrimination and institutionalised racism: the role of museums in promoting social cohesion

Iziko Museums of South Africa

Join DITSONG and Iziko for a virtual discussion

Media images and interview requests, please contact:
Zikhona Jafta at zjafta@iziko.org.za

DITSONG: Museums of South Africa and Iziko Museums of South Africa will host a panel discussion, chaired by Iziko CEO Ms Rooksana Omar, on Internalised discrimination and institutionalised racism: The role of museums in promoting social cohesion. It will take place on 23 June 2020 from 10am to 12pm on Zoom.

The death of George Floyd in the hands of white law enforcers and the racist encounter between my Cooper and Christian Cooper in the USA highlighted the need for robust re-engagements with the question of race, class, and gender. Internalised discrimination and institutionalised racism are also challenges that are embedded in the South African social fabric. In the country where everyday life is characterised by inequality, poverty and unemployment, the role of museums in promoting social cohesion becoming increasingly relevant.

On the panel are Lerato Kobe (Activist and Black Theologian), Khwezi ka Mpumlwana (Heritage Practitioner), Noel Solani (Historian and Museum Director), Iziko’s Executive Director, Bongani Ndhlovu (Historian and Heritage Practitioner) and Verne Harris (Leadership and Knowledge Development Specialist) In this panel, cultural professionals, researchers, academics and activists from various fields reflect on the question of internalised inequality. How do we tackle these challenges and how do we promote social cohesion?

Register for free via the Quicket events online link https://qkt.io/w5bVee to participate.

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Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email: eagnew@iziko.org.za
Website: www.iziko.org.za
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

 

About DITSONG: Museums of South Africa

DITSONG: Museums of South Africa is an amalgamation of eight museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg. These museums have diverse collections covering the fields of fauna and flora, palaeontology, military history, cultural history, geology, anthropology and archaeology. The target audience for these museums are children, youth, adults, students, tourists (foreign and local), researchers and the public in general.

 

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

 

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums), Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.